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State System final university merger plan promises no campus closures but is silent on NCAA, accreditation – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Changes are unveiled a week before final vote on combining six of 14 Pa. state universities

The State System of Higher Education is out with its final version of controversial merger plans for six of Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities, with changes that include a pledge not to close any institution involved and protections for schools concerned the mergers will further weaken their finances.

However, a summary of the significant revisions makes no mention of the NCAA, which has yet to say when or how it will rule on whether the six universities can keep their current complement of athletic teams. Nor does it mention when the Middle States Commission for Higher Education will decide if and how it might accredit the combined institutions.

The summary also makes no mention to what the new institutions and partner campuses will be named, but does reference organizational questions including governance by trustees.

The final plans, both numbering more than 200 pages, were posted to the State System website on Wednesday night, a week before the system’s board of governors is to vote on the largest change to the 94,000-student system in its 38-year history.

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